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Bible Ballistics: BBs #311 Messages From Heaven #9!!!

 

Today we turn to John chapter 6, and while the “Message” is still from heaven, it’s a unique message that we need to hear and heed today. What people believe and pursue is important. Why they believe is also important, and Jesus begins to teach and share some hard things in this chapter of the Gospel of John. In fact, they are so hard that the chapter closes with these verses.

From that time

many of his disciples went back,

and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve,

Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him,

Lord, to whom shall we go?

thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe

and are sure

that thou art that Christ,

the Son of the living God.

70 Jesus answered them,

Have not I chosen you twelve,

and one of you is a devil?

71 He spake of Judas Iscariot

the son of Simon:

for he it was

that should betray him,

being one of the twelve.”    John 6:66-71

In chapters 6-8 of John, Jesus intensifies His teaching, and many could not accept the things He was saying. It is no different today! People want to align themselves with the miraculous things that Jesus can ‘do’, but when the hard sayings come, they go elsewhere. Jesus had been teaching and doing miracles throughout Judea and Galilee causing crowds to flock to Him; yet in chapter 6 He begins to draw that proverbial ‘line in the sand’ and many did not like what they heard, hence the statement in verse 66.

From that time

many of his disciples went back,

and walked no more with him.

‘Disciples’ is simply referring to those who were following Jesus, but when He began to make truths about Himself clear, “many” changed their minds about HIM! This was no surprise to Jesus! In fact, He called their motives into account earlier in the chapter. What are our motives today?

And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

26 Jesus answered them and said,

Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Ye seek me,

not because ye saw the miracles,

but because ye did eat

of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat

which perisheth,

but for that meat

which endureth

unto everlasting life,

which the Son of man

shall give unto you:

for him hath God the Father sealed.”    John 6:25-27

After the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus and the twelve had gone around the shore by boat (after Jesus joined them by walking on the water). When the people saw that He wasn’t in the same place they sought after Him and found Him, initiating this exchange. Jesus told them the same thing that He would say to many today: ‘You didn’t look for me because you want to know truth, but because you had your belly filled and you want more’ (Blanche’s paraphrase!). Then Jesus taught truth that caused many of them to cease following HIM! Jesus called them, and He is calling us today, to seek the eternal things rather than the temporal.

We live in, and are influenced by, a culture that is so obsessed with ‘stuff’ and satisfying the ‘flesh’ that we stand in danger of making the same mistakes that those in the very physical presence of Jesus made; being distracted and mislead by the things of this world, to the point of missing Truth–Jesus! “The Way….The Truth…..The Life…

We must, I repeat, we must examine ourselves and see if we are just fascinated by Jesus or if we truly believe. Consider Jesus’ answer to them; it is something we must consider today. Because, “Saying so, doesn’t make it so!”

36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

Have we truly committed ourselves to “WHO” Jesus is, what He came to do, and the truth that HE is the “ONLY” way? Even among the twelve, one didn’t get it, and Jesus knew.

 “Then Simon Peter answered him,

Lord, to whom shall we go?

thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure

that thou art that Christ,

the Son of the living God.

70 Jesus answered them,

Have not I chosen you twelve,

and one of you is a devil?

Believer or imposter? God knows, do you?